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Whale Watch Season is Almost Over

Whale Watch Season is Almost Over. There is snow on the mountains now once again and the cruise ships are here for another 3 weeks before they stop coming. Soon the whales will follow heading back to Hawaii and Mexico.

 

The killerwhales will stay, and a few of the hump back whales will stay, but most will leave to have their babies in the warm waters further south.

 

Please don’t forget to bring gloves, layered fleece or wool, waterproof thin clothing for layers and for wind.

 

It has been a great whale watch season with an unusual amount of calves and whales in Juneau, Alaska.

 

Bubble feeding is nearly over. By this time of the year they stop and begin to breach a lot, the courting is what I think breaching is. This brings out the high power cameras as people love to see the giants leap completely out of the water, not to mention the sound wave generated from the splash impact.

12:30 PM Salmon Fishing Trip Details for 2012

12:30 PM Salmon Fishing Trip Details for 2012

Thank you for choosing Whale Watch Alaska, for your 1/2 day salmon fishing adventure in Juneau, Alaska. We will be looking for you a few minutes before 12:00 PM at the top of the ramp where your ship docks holding a sign and with your name and Whale Watch Alaska Fishing on it. We will also call you 30 minutes ahead of time to make sure everything is going smooth. At 12:00 PM we will depart for Auke Bay, Juneau, Alaska, a 30 minute drive to where your whale watching boat will disembark at 12:30 PM for 3 hours on the water for the world’s best salmon fishing. You will return to your dock in downtown Juneau by 4:00 PM.

Please check our web site under ‘Tour News’ for any changes: for example; if your ship is delayed an hour, a day, or canceled for any reason, also, we will have up to the minute weather stats making sure your trip is safe and enjoyable. Your safety is our first priority and your satisfaction is our second. This is going to be a trip you will never forget and to share with your friends and family for the rest of your life.

Bring a warm fleece and waterproof windbreaker, light or thin gloves would not hurt. We will be cruising inside the world’s largest temperate rain-forest. If it is turns out to be 92 degrees that day you don’t have to wear your warm clothes, but you sure will appreciate it in the cool breeze and rain of 50 degrees on a brisk day on the ocean.

Remember your time is going to be outside on the deck taking pictures or video and catching your breath as the humpback whales will take it away by their sheer size: up to 52 feet long and weighing 30 to 50 tons, twice as big as the boat we will be in. Umbrellas do not work on the ocean with the wind and close proximity of each other so don’t bring one on-board please. Bring an extra battery and flash card for lots of video and pictures. Practice taking fast shots and video. Learn how to plan your shots quickly, the boat will be floating every direction possible and when a resident killerwhale breaches while chasing her dinner, maybe a 40 pound king salmon, you want to be ready for the shot of a lifetime.

Please call or email us for any questions.

Thank you.

Gutchquena / Cory Mann
Manager

Whale Watch Alaska
3701 Amalga St., Suite B
Juneau, AK  99801
United States

907.957.3238 office
splash@whalewatchalaska.com email

Whale Watch Alaska is a Stories and Legends, Inc. Venture

Bio of Gutchquena / Cory Mann

Bio of Gutchquena / Cory Mann:

As director of the award winning movie, Smokin’ Fish, my interests include taking care of the environment, catching my own dinner in my village, skiing, canoeing, whale watching, and anything outdoors and with friends and family.

As a USCG certified 50 Ton Captain, educated in business at NAU, I enjoy being on the water teaching people about whale watching and area my family comes from for more than 10,000 years now. I am Tlingit – American Indian, love my culture and enjoy sharing it. I also enjoy designing and manufacturing beautiful cashmere scarves, silk scarves, with my families designs and without. This allows me to wholesale my art to more than 300 stores around North America and Europe. Working with my families art allows me to enjoy family time and share my knowledge with other family members and their friends.

I have taken more than 500,000 people on tour, like the Minister of Finance of Thailand to my Grandma Jeannette Mann. I grew up on the water. My guide certs: swift water, rescue, canoe, kayak, CDL, and Master Cold Water Diver. I am certified by the USA a Thunderbird, Tlingit Native American – my family – Da Kin ista’ – guided the Tlingit people to Alaska over the Juneau Ice-field.

President of Stories and Legends, Inc. Established in 1994 as tour bus company with one bus we grew to include trolley cars and tour brokerages, to accompany our lonely bus. In 2000 we diversified into textile gifts. In 2002 we came out with our first scarf design in silk velvet, which continues to be a best seller. Now we own looms producing the finest cashmere scarves, silk scarves, linen scarves, and cotton scarves, on the market, 50% in Native American Designs 50% in designs for any occasion, like weddings, romantic dinners, cold winter days, and blistering hot days. We have done bamboo and ceramic kitchenware as well. Now we are diversifying into more clothing accessories including headbands, earrings, and hats.

We are manufacturing wholesalers so if you see a store near you that you want to see us in please let us know and we will make you an affiliate.

We continue to offer tours in whale watching and sport fishing. Some of our customers include the Minister of Finance of Thailand, Pow-Wows, and Potlatches of the Northwest Coast.

Today Stories and Legends, Inc is divided into 3 companies:

http://storiesandegends.com/ Textile Manufactureing with a focus on scarves and gifts. We are manufacturing wholesalers so if you see a store near you that you want to see us in please let us know and we will make you an affiliate.

Stories and Legends is a holding company for: Whale Watch Alaska tours and http://juneaumarketing.com/ – we help companies get found online.

How to Save Money Coming to Alaska

If you have not gotten a Alaska Airline Visa Card, now might be the time to apply for one. It only takes a few minutes and if you are approved they will send you a ‘Companion Fair’ ticket. What this means is when you buy one ticket and cash in your companion fair voucher or ticket they sent you along with your card, you can buy an additional ticket for $100. It costs this much to use this voucher.

 

You need to call this voucher in to use and you cannot use it if you book with a travel agency.

 

Also, be sure to check their site often for ‘Web Specials.’ They often have sales from all over the country to Alaska or Seattle or where ever here for CHEAP!

 

If you drink wine, then sign up for their millage program and start earning miles for a free ticet which costs around 15,000 off season and up from their.

 

Also, note it is simply cheaper to buy aAlaska Airline tickets with millage. Now how you do this is make a reservation and then see how many miles it will take to fly and if you do not have any then just buy enough to fly on that reservation, simple. It will cost an everage of $100 less per ticket, but late minutes rates which normally cost more will no longer apply due to buying with milage.

 

Friend vouchers at $300 + on craigslist are sometimes available, but very secreative.

 

Let me know if you have other ideas please. See you soon.

9:30 AM Whale Watching Tour Details for Juneau, Alaska any Calendar Day 2012

Additional Tour details on Whale Watching for Juneau, Alaska such as tour times, where we will pick you up, signage and when you return.

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9:30 AM Whale Watching Tour Details for any Calendar Day 2012 Unless Noted

Thank you for choosing Whale Watch Alaska, for your whale watch adventure in Juneau, Alaska. We will be looking for you a few minutes before 9:00 AM at the top of the ramp where your ship docks holding a sign and with your name and Whale Watch Alaska on it. We will also call you 30 minutes ahead of time to make sure everything is going smooth.

At 9:00 AM we will depart for Auke Bay, Juneau, Alaska, a 30 minute drive to where your whale watching boat will disembark at 9:30 AM for 2 hours on the water wildlife cruise.

You will return to your dock downtown Juneau by 12:00 PM.

Please call or email us for any questions.

Thank you.

Gutchquena / Cory Mann

Manager

Whale Watch Alaska

3701 Amalga St., Suite B

Juneau, AK  99801

United States

 

907.957.3238 office

splash@whalewatchalaska.com email

Whale watch Mothers are like Whale Watching Moms

Whale watch Mothers are like Whale Watching Moms is a bit confusing I guess. What I mean is the mothers of baby humpback whales speak differently than their baby or other whales in the pod they are in. Just like my mother when I was small spoke baby talk to me, mother whales must speak baby talk to their children.

I know and other whale watching people know that when humpback whales come to the dinner table during bubble feeding time one will signal the others to feed and they are all come so fast they fall right on top of each other.

Another trait I have been watching whales is the mother will take her child and teach it how to jump out of the water. It is pretty funny to see the little one, which is not little at all, breach but cannot yet do it. She will show him / her over and over until their playmate comes over, a friend of the child, ‘Steller.’ This seal lion will roll over the child’s back and circle around her / him over and over until both of them roll over each other. Mom of course is watching me, the captain of the nearby boat and somehow I can’t help but think of my family’s native american artwork telling me how we used to be able to communicate with animals, but no longer can. So they put this circle in the artwork to show this lost communication. It means we will get it back one day, so remember when it does so we never lose it again.

Ever wonder how the whales can tell each other when they are hungry, scared, in love, happy and just want to hang out with people? Sure they talk and as we say sing to each other, but with their brains much like ours are communicating without sound as well.

Case study: My boss, Sky Bonell, wanted so bad to jump in the water and swim with the whales when they were so close by last year, 2011, at North Pass (close to Auke Bay – Juneau, Alaska) when we were out paddle boarding and whale watching. I wanted to jump in as well. Sure the water is cold, sure they humpbacks are tough enough to fend off with their flukes, killer whales (that each great white sharks) . All I could think of was they wanted us to jump in and swim with them as we wanted to as well. Their eyes look at you like careful mother’s eyes do, wondering if we are safe for her child to be around or not.

That silent communication is placed in the Tlingit Native American Art as it is used in the water by humpback whale mothers. One last interesting note on Tlingit art, it is all about water, communication, and which mother you come from.

Why is Juneau, Alaska the best place for whale watching?

Why is Juneau, Alaska the best place for whale watching?

Time:

If you come in to Juneau by cruise ship you are only 30 minutes away from disembarking to the world’s best whale watching. Everyone’s time is precious, especially whale time. Most whale watching tours in Juneau last about 3 hours allowing you more time to do other activities.

Bubble Feeding:

“The Juneau area is one of the few passages of water where viewers can see bubble net feeding. The best chance of seeing this coordinated style of feeding is during mid to late summer (July-August). “

-NOAA Research facility in Juneau, Alaska

Humpback whales have small throats and live off krill and small fish. The way Juneau is positioned along side the Inside Passage in relation to the Alaska Gulf creates a bottleneck of food only 20 minutes by boat from Auke Bay, Alaska. Since adult humpbacks eat as much as 1 ton of food per day, dinner time is served 3 times daily here making them attractively fat.
Migrating:

Humpback whales migrate more than 3,000 miles from tropical waters, like Hawaii after having their babies to colder places like Southeast Alaska in as few as 30 days. Here you find mothers teaching their babies, 12’ long at birth, how to play with endangered Steller Sealions and other humpback children.

“Location, location, location…” Because of Juneau, Alaska’s unique location deep inside the coastal island water ways of Southeast, Alaska the waters are relatively calm. This makes picture taking easy and fun.

-Donald Trump

Communication:

It is all about communication. The whales here talk and sing all day long. They have cool spindle neurons just like you and I. What is that? These are the special brain cells that allow you and I and humpbacks to talk to each other and make cool decisions, intelligent decisions. They have as much and in some cases more than humans. Your connection here is not by chance, you want to talk to them as they want to talk to you.

Killer Whales:

We didn’t even get into killer whales yet. They were created here, according to the Tlingit Native American people who moved here some 10,000 years ago. They worship the water creatures as their artwork shows.

That is why you need to go whale watching in Juneau, Alaska.

You should go with www.AlaskaWhaleWatch.com because this was brought to you by one of their captains, Gutchquena / Cory Mann. Imagine what you will see and learn on tour.

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Cruise Questions about Alaska Tours

Cruise Questions about Alaska Tours comes up a lot in my circles. If you have never been on a particular tour then it makes sense to ask about it, after all,a great  memorable experience is what we want, right?

 

Well, there are simply too many that come to mind, so I thought posting this link would be helpful since they seem to do an excellent job of answering the some 50,000 questions per day on cruising. Let me know if this was helpful for you please.

 

Cruise Questions about Alaska Tours